Years ago, then senator John Tower of Texas stood up on the floor of
the United States Senate and flatly declared that Texans make the best chili without
question, whereupon Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona sprang to his feet and declared
among other things that "Texans don't know chili from cow chips!"
With the honor of the two great states challenged, a chili war ensued. Here is Senator
3 pounds coarsely ground flank steak
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
3 heaping tablespoons ground chili powder
1 heaping tablespoon Mexican oregano
1 heaping tablespoon cumin
Fresh garlic cloves to taste
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon paprika
12 red peppers
4-5 dried chile pods (like chile ancho
2 heaping tablespoons flour
Sear meat until gray.
Add tomato sauce and water, stirring until well blended.
Add Tabasco sauce, chili powder, oregano, cumin, onions, garlic, salt, cayenne,
paprika, red peppers and chile pods. Simmer for one hour and fifteen minutes over mesquite
wood (if possible).